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Alyssa Michaud, PhD

Associate Professor, Music
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(403) 407-9483
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Alyssa Michaud is a musicologist who works at the intersections of music, technology, and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A Calgary native and alumna of Ambrose University, she also holds an M.A. from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from McGill University. Michaud's work has recently appeared in Popular Music and Keyboard Perspectives, and she is at work on her book project, Automatic Artistry: How Technological Anxiety Fuels the Cycle of Creativity. This project takes a century-long perspective on the recurring cultural fears that creative music-making will be displaced by automation, and shows how these very anxieties can serve as lenses through which we can better understand the prevailing values of a certain time and place. Currently, she and her research assistants are also working on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, studying the relationship between today’s digital technology and live musical performance, in order to reveal the dynamics between audiences and artists in today’s technologically mediated society.


PhD (McGill University)
MA (University of Ottawa)
BA (Ambrose University)

Select Publications

Michaud, Alyssa. “Locating Liveness in Holographic Performances: Technological Anxiety and Participatory Fandom at Vocaloid Concerts.” Popular Music 41, no. 1 (2022): 1-19.
Michaud, Alyssa. “‘This Will Play Your Piano’: Automation, Amateur Musicianship, and the Player Piano.” Keyboard Perspectives XI (2020): 121-39.